Valerie Henry

School of Education

Email: vhenry@uci.edu

phone: (949) 824-1494

office: 2076 Education

*Lecturer*School of Education

Email: vhenry@uci.edu

phone: (949) 824-1494

office: 2076 Education

**Biography**

Valerie Henry has been teaching UCI Mathematics Education courses for undergraduates, teacher credential candidates, and M.A.T. students since 2002. She received a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California, Davis in 1973, California Teaching Credentials for both Multiple Subjects and Secondary Mathematics in 1986, and a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from the University of California, Irvine in 2004.

During her 16 years teaching primarily middle school mathematics, Dr. Henry received numerous awards, including National Board Certification in Early Adolescent Mathematics, California State Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching, and Teacher of the Year for Irvine Unified School District. She has been providing professional development for in-service teachers for more than 20 years, working with the California Math Project, Renaissance Mathematics, PBS Math Online, and numerous county departments of education, schools, and school districts.

**Courses Taught**

**ED122A-B-C Foundations of Elementary School Mathematics I, II, III (4-4-4) F, W, S.**

Provides understanding of fundamental mathematics necessary to teach for conceptual understanding and higher-level reasoning and problem solving. Conceptual understanding of place value, fractions, proportionality, geometry, algebra, functions, probability, statistics, and measurement. Instructional applications of these concepts in grades K-8 teaching.

**ED152F Teaching Mathematics with Technology (4) S.**

Students learn to use current technologies to facilitate student learning of K-12 mathematics, and gain experience in using technology to design and teach mathematics lessons.

**ED172A Issues and Controversies in Secondary Mathematics (4) W.**

Examines different perspectives on what mathematical competencies should be emphasized in secondary schools, and how they should be taught. Particular attention to problem solving, algebra and geometry, and issues of equity. Introduction to research on mathematical cognition and teacher beliefs.

**ED172B Teaching and Learning Secondary Mathematics (4) S.**

How children and adolescents learn to understand mathematics. Research on mathematical cognition, particularly on mathematical problem solving and the learning of algebra, geometry, and calculus. Examination of several innovative instructional programs derived from research on mathematics learning. Formerly Education 172F.

**ED206 Cognition and Pedagogy in Mathematics (4) Summer.**

Reviews cognitive research on comprehension, conceptualization, reasoning, critical thinking, planning, and problem-solving with applications to pedagogy in a specific area of the secondary curriculum. Required for M.A.T. single subject students, unless substitution of Education 207 is authorized by the Department.

**ED207 Cognition and Pedagogy in Quantitative Literacy (4) Summer.**

Reviews research on cognition in elementary mathematics, including numeracy, fractions, probability, proportionality, measurement, geometry, algebra. Emphasizes instructional approaches consistent with this research knowledge. Required for M.A.T. multiple subject students, unless substitution of Education 206 is authorized by the Department.

**ED322 Curriculum and Methods for Elementary School Mathematics (4) F.**

Scope, sequence, and methods of teaching mathematics at all levels of elementary school. Presented through lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and exploration of a variety of materials. Covers how to plan lessons, motivate students, diagnose difficulties, and evaluate learning in mathematics. Limited to students accepted into the Teacher Credential Program.

**ED340 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Secondary School (4) F.**

Theories, strategies, and methodologies related to the teaching of mathematics in the secondary school. Emphasis on the planning, delivery, and assessment of lessons reflecting an understanding of the Mathematics Framework for California and the recommendations of professional organizations. Limited to students accepted into the Teacher Credential Program.

**ED342 Applied Instructional Strategies in Secondary Schools (2) W, S.**

Application of pedagogy and research to practice teaching experiences in the secondary schools. A continuation of the Education 340 series with an emphasis on the needs of students with culturally diverse backgrounds. In Progress grading. Pass/Not Pass only. Corequisites: Education 320A, B, C, D, and E. Limited to students accepted into the Teacher Credential Program. May be taken twice for credit.

**Research Interests**

Dr. Henry’s research interests include: early diagnosis and intervention and response to intervention for mathematics; number sense and basic facts fluency; and algebra cognition and pedagogy.

**Publications**

**2008**

*. Henry, V.J. and Brown, R.S. Journal of Research in Mathematics Education.*

First-Grade Basic Facts: An Investigation into Teaching and Learning of an Accelerated, High-Demand Memorization Standard

First-Grade Basic Facts: An Investigation into Teaching and Learning of an Accelerated, High-Demand Memorization Standard

**2004**

*Investigating mathematics content standard quality: A review of California's high-demand first-grade basic facts expectations*. Unpublished Dissertation, University of California, Irvine. August, 2004.

**2001**

*. Paper presented at the 12th ICMI Study Conference: The Future of the Teaching and Learning of Algebra, University of Melbourne, Australia.*

An examination of educational practices and assumptions regarding algebra instruction in the United States

An examination of educational practices and assumptions regarding algebra instruction in the United States

**Selected Presentations**

**2005**

- Basic Facts Without Tears. Keynote Speaker, 2005 Annual Conference, Southern California Mathematics Council, Palm Springs.
- Developing Number Sense. Orange County School of Education, November, 2005.
- Problem Solving. Orange County School of Education. November, 2005.
- Developing Number Sense and Part-Whole Thinking. Irvine Unified School District. November, 2005.
- Auditing California’s High-Demand First-Grade Basic Facts Standard. Annual Conference, American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C. August 18, 2005.

**2004**

- Auditing California’s High-Demand First-Grade Basic Facts Standard. NCTM Research Presession, 2004 Annual Conference, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
- Early Intervention in Mathematics. Irvine Unified School District.
- Differentiated Instruction—Middle School Mathematics. Capistrano Unified School District.

**2003**

- Algebraic Thinking in a Standards-Based Curriculum. Orange County School of Education.
- Elementary Geometry: Building Spatial Sense. Orange County School of Education.